For Ruby James the Walker Mountain Ranch is her safe haven. Here in Aspen, Colorado, she can finally build a quiet life for herself without fear of her old one rearing its ugly head. Or so Ruby thinks. Any single woman would be happy to indulge a tall, dark, and curious cop-but the closer Ruby gets to him, the closer she gets to losing her newfound peace.

Police officer Sawyer Hawkins is no stranger to secrets. He's ready to leave town for good until a security threat brings him back to Walker Ranch, and Ruby's gorgeous green eyes soon have him second-guessing his decision to go. Her kindness and quiet strength awaken feelings he'd thought long buried, even as her reluctance to talk about her past worries him. The cop in Sawyer only wants the truth-but the man in him wants Ruby in his arms forever . . .

     This book revolves around Walker Mountain Ranch and those associated with it.  Namely the owners of course: Bryce and Avery Walker with his mother the head chef Elsie.  She seems to be the heart and soul of the place with the love that keeps it glued together.
     Then there’s Bryce’s cousin Sawyer Hawkins but also he is his best friend.  Right now they are in a transition period close but Sawyer is on the back end of a messy divorce.  Because his wife cheated on him with a friend he can’t stand running into them and all the memories all around him in the small community of Aspen.  So he is transferring to Denver’s police department to be a detective.  Bryce says he’s running away from his problems and Sawyer says he’s right well maybe?
     Bryce would know a few years back his wife was killed in an accident and instead of talking he drank.  After a long while that didn’t work so he got help so he is now sober, in a happy new marriage, and have a new baby.  He never in a million years he thought he would ever have that in his life or would allow another woman in.  Since Sawyer’s house was sold so fast and he has a little over a month before he leaves to Denver he needed a place to stay so Bryce and Avery gave him one of the cottages to stay in.
     In exchange for the no rent Sawyer wants to help out as much as he can around the Ranch.  So he would do odd jobs and one on this day was putting shelves in the pantry.  Since he had to work a shift that day he got up extra early, not really sleeping much lately anyway, and went to work on it while no one would be in there anyway.  Since he practically grew up on the ranch he knew when his aunt always got to work so he knew he could finish before she got there.  Not knowing that Ruby James the pastry chef would be getting there so early.  So when things started to crash in there he didn’t think anything of it.  But when he came out into the kitchen area and only the night lights were still on he had no clue what to think when a woman yelled, to stop dirt bag!
     You see Rose’s past was one of pain and sorrow.  She was in and out of foster homes.  Until the age of 18.  Then she struggled to make a living.  She meets a man that should have been good to her but he wasn’t after he gets her to move in he then isolates her from everyone and everything she knows.  He starts to berate her, beat her, so finally she ran.  Never going back but always living in fear and looking over her shoulder.  So with rolling pin in hand she tells him to stop but when she advances saying words she heard before she swings.  Landing on his family jewels.  Enough to stop most men but not Sawyer.  He saw the fear and this fear was not normal.  She had a glossed over look of one that was no longer in the room.  A look of one that had been a victim before.  He knew to tread lightly. 
     When he started to ask questions when things calmed down she clammed up.  Wouldn’t make eye contact.  He knew something was wrong.  It was okay though he like to solve puzzles.  Never liked seeing women scared, and he loved Rose’s curves and beauty so he would do it for her.  She lit his torch.

     Very good story.  Wish I would have read this one first made more sense for me to help book 2 to this storyline, not that I was too lost in the next one.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by  Follow us at:

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